The Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) is located in Chicago, Illinois in the USA. Today this 108 storey building is the 2nd highest building in the US and the 8th tallest free-standing structure in the world. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the highest building in the world. It held onto that record for 25 years. The honor was taken over by the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. Over 1 million tourists visit the building’s observation deck (called the Sky Deck) on the 103rd floor every year.
The Willis Tower stands 527 metres tall and is one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks. The building has 104 elevators of which 16 are double-decker elevators (all made by Westinghouse and modernized by the Schindler Group). The tower has about 40,000 sprinkler heads – the sprinkler system alone cost $4 million. It was officially renamed from the Sears tower to the Willis Tower in 2009.
On the 12th of June 2013 the Willis Tower was struck by lightning and one lucky photographer captured this with his camera. This photo by Scott Olson (which was published by Getty Images) has been selected as today’s Daily Cool Photo.
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